Two rain delays? Forget it. The Mile High Stadium jinx? Over.
Doug Drabek is not the same pitcher and the Houston Astros are not the same team as a year ago. Not by a long stretch.The Astros, one of baseball's biggest disappointments last season, won for the first time in eight games in Colorado Monday night as Drabek notched his 10th win in the Astros' 5-4 victory over the Rockies.
Jeff Bagwell and Scott Servais each hit two-run homers as the Astros became the last NL team to win at Mile High Stadium.
"It is?" Houston manager Terry Collins asked when informed of his team's previous futility in Denver. "We'd never won here? Well, I hope it's not the last."
It won't be, the way the Astros are going. The win moved the Astros within percentage points of the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds.
"This isn't last year anymore," Bagwell said. "This is a different team. You can see that just from our record. We're not playing the Colorado Rockies remembering we've lost here."
Losing was something that Drabek learned a lot about in 1993.
The 1990 Cy Young Award winner struggled to a 9-18 record last season, his first with the Astros. Now 10-3, Drabek has become the ace the Astros had hoped for when they signed him as a free agent.
Braves 7, Mets 3
At Atlanta, David Justice hit a three-run homer and Kent Mercker pitched 71/3 solid innings. Justice's 11th homer erased a 2-0 Mets lead in the fourth inning. It followed consecutive singles by Ryan Klesko and Fred McGriff.
Expos 8, Cardinals 4
At St. Louis, Larry Walker and Wil Cordero each had four hits and homered in a five-run seventh inning as the Expos rallied.
Walker led off the seventh with his 10th homer off Rob Murphy (2-3) to tie it 4-4. One out later, Cordero hit his seventh homer into the left-field seats.
Dodgers 3, Padres 2
At San Diego, Tim Wallach's three-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning gave the Dodgers their sixth straight win against the Padres.
Trailing 2-0, Brett Butler walked with one out in the eighth, and, one out later, Mike Piazza walked. Wallach hit the first pitch from Joey Hamilton (3-2) over the left-field fence for his 17th homer.
Bip Roberts went 3-for-4 with an RBI to extend his hitting streak to 23 games, the longest in the NL this season.
Indians 7, Tigers 1
The Cleveland Indians moved out of their park and managed to keep the Detroit Tigers in theirs.
The Indians, fresh off their 18th straight win at Jacobs Field, beat Detroit and broke the Tigers' streak of 25 games with a home run.
"I didn't know too much about their home run deal. I heard about it. But I didn't know how many games, or anything like that," winning pitcher Charles Nagy said.
The Indians won their 10th in a row overall. The Tigers, meanwhile, wound up tied with the 1941 New York Yankees for the longest homer streak in major league history.
Eddie Murray drove in four runs and Sandy Alomar homered as Cleveland extended its longest winning streak since 1986. Mike Moore (7-6) was the loser.
Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 1
Joe Hesketh pitched seven shutout innings and John Valentin homered as visiting Boston broke its 11-game skid, its longest since 1932.
Andre Dawson was hit by a pair of pitches from Todd Stottlemyre, and got angry both times. He threw the ball back past Stottlemyre the first time, then took a couple of steps toward the mound the next time.
Stottlemyre (5-4) was ejected and the benches emptied after the second incident. Stottlemyre threw a couple of water coolers onto the field and Toronto manager Cito Gaston later was ejected.
Mariners 5, Angels 0
Randy Johnson pitched his fourth shutout in six starts and Seattle won at California.
Johnson (9-3) gave up three singles and struck out 11 in his seventh straight win. His 74th victory for the Mariners tied a team record set by Mark Langston.
Johnson, whose shutouts and six complete games lead the majors, retired 20 of the first 22 batters.
Yankees 7, Twins 5
Pinch-hitter Daryl Boston connected on Rick Aguilera's first pitch for a three-run homer in the eighth inning, lifting New York over visiting Minnesota.
Kirby Puckett and Dave Winfield homered in the sixth, helping the Twins take a 5-2 lead.
Rangers 12, White Sox 6
Jose Canseco, Juan Gonzalez and Ivan Rodriguez homered as Texas romped in Chicago and stopped a six-game losing streak.
Canseco hit his 20th home run, and Gonzalez hit a three-run shot in the ninth. Frank Thomas hit his 25th homer for Chicago.
Brewers 6, Orioles 5
Greg Vaughn and Dave Nilsson hit two-run homers in the first inning, sending Milwaukee past Baltimore.